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Full text of "Flora Indica Vol-I"

INTRODUCTORY   ERSVY,

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During our five months' residence in the Khasia we col-
lected 2264 species of flowering-plants and nearly 200 ferns.
The following natural orders are noticeable for the number of
species they contain:

Banunculacess .
MenispermeaB .
Magnoliaceae

37

123
37
17
14
81

.   .   13

.   .   15

.    .     9

Vitaceae......34

BalsaminesB.....22

Ternstroemiaeese   ...    14

Aurantiacese     ....   18

Malvaceae

Byttneriacese

Sterculiaceaa

Tiliacese

IjeguminossB

Bosaceas .    .    .

MelastomaceaB .

Myrtaceae    .   .

Cucurbitaeeae   ,

Umbelliferse.....JL9

AxaliacesB.....30

Eubiaceae.....112

Composite.....87

Myrsinese.....36

Convolvulacesa ....   26

The Naga hills, to the eastward, probably exhibit a very
similar vegetation to the Khasia, as their'elevation is about the
'same. They were crossed by Griffith in the month of March,
at which season vegetation at considerable elevations is nearly
dormant. The greatest height attained by him was 5600 feet.
He describes these hills as much inore covered with forest than
the Khasia,* and states that the southern slopes are moister
than those to the north. As the rain-fall must be much less
than it is on the southern slope of the Khasia* the greater
amount of forest is probably caused by the diminished vio-
* Private Journals, p. 120.

Verbenacese.....    29

Serophularinea}.    ...    40

Labiatge......    57

Cyrtandracese   ....    24

Acanthaceae.....    58

Asclepiadeas.....    45

Polygoneas.....    26

Amentacese.....    20

Laurineae.....    24

Urticeae......    82

Euphorbiacea&  ....    58
Gramineae:

Paniceae.....  122

Poacesa.....    42

Cyperacese   .....    91

Scitaminese.....    37

Commelynese    ....    18
Aroidese    1
OrontiaceseJ

Palmeaa......    25

Orchideaa.   .    .    .   .   .173

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